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Virtual reality: Three more brands dipping their toes in

Virtual reality is either the emperor’s new clothes or the most exciting area of media today.

Whatever your own belief, brands are getting to grips with VR, making use of emerging agency expertise in this area.

Here are three of the latest brands using VR (mostly for branded content thus far), from automotive, food and drink, and retail.

Eight brilliant digital campaigns from APAC marketers

Econsultancy’s annual awards, The Digitals, takes place tomorrow night as part of the Festival of Marketing.

I was involved in judging the entries and was inspired to cast my eye around at other industry awards to see what type of work brands have been doing this year.

Over in Asia the Spikes are a high profile affair and attract some great entries from around APAC.

The shortlist for the digital category is actually quite long, so I’ve picked out a few of the most interesting or impressive entries.

Here’s a summary of my favourites, and for more on this topic read our blog post on inspirational examples of mobile innovation from Asia or download our new report on the State of Ecommerce in China

Six great automotive content marketing campaigns

Here’s a selection of content marketing endeavours by some car brands.

I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to properly define content marketing and indeed my selections may stray between native advertising, brand advertising and bona fide content that feels rather more ‘agnostic’.

However, what’s certain is that all the content I’ve picked does more than simple advertorial.

For some more content on automotive check out my German and Japanese big three reviews.

Automotive online: the Japanese big three at a glance

I thought I’d take a whirl through the UK websites of the Japanese big three automotive companies.

What do Nissan, Honda and Toyota’s websites handle like for first timers?

Well, they might be known as the big three, but it’s the big two and a half as far as web design is concerned.

For some detail on automotive and social media, check out these posts.

How NatWest, Honda, Nick Cave and QPR use Vine to respond to fans

Earlier this week NatWest began using Vine clips as a way of responding to customer service queries on Twitter.

It’s not the first time that a brand has tried to be creative with Vine, and we’ve previously reported on fashion retailers using the platform as well as brands running Vine competitions.

To give credit to NatWest, I’m not aware of any other businesses using Vine for customer service, though there are several examples of brands using the platform to respond to their followers.

Here are further details of NatWest’s campaign, as well as details of three other examples…

10 major brands with dreadful Google+ pages

Google+ is an interesting conundrum as many people feel obliged to use it in the face of any logic and just because “it’s Google”.

We’re all sitting around expecting that one day Google will unveil its true purpose and all the effort will have been worthwhile, but at the moment I feel that blind optimism is one of the only things keeping it going.

Admittedly the latest updates have improved the usability somewhat and Hangouts are certainly an interesting feature, but in the face of the sheer amount of time spent on Facebook and Twitter’s increasingly important role as a news platform it does seem that G+ is floundering while trying to work out what purpose it actually serves.

Normal users don’t need to fret about this problem and can wait for Google to lure them in with a killer new feature, however for brands it raises a bit of a dilemma.